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Saraswati Park By Anjali Joseph, book reviewThere’s something Chekhovian about Saraswati Park, in its collection of small intimate details about life in Mumbai’s suburbs which is very different from the glitz and Page 3 electricity of Mumbai proper. It’s a novel about the everyday lives of small suburb people. Mohan Karekar, who every day goes to the post office to write letters for those who cannot do it for themselves, and his wife Lakshmi, who wakes every morning to the clattering of teacups put beside the bed by her husband.

Mohan, a character straight out of RK Narayan, has aspirations to become a writer one day and buys pirated books from the roadside hawkers, including a treatise on how to write.

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